Transhumanism is the philosophical belief that we should use advanced technology to radically enhance human beings—even attempting to make them immortal. Where eugenics is more concerned with genetic modifications mainly associated with reproduction, transhumanism is much more broad, in that it pertains to all possible modifications of the biological basis of human beings.
The term “radically enhanced” is understood to be the altering of targeted characteristics that are, or appear to be, beyond the current limit of human biology. One example would be altering the aging process, where the world record for the longest life of 122 years, would be considered a mere 10-year-old in comparison. Other targeted characteristics would include increased perception capabilities, new sensory modalities, improved memory (even the deletion of unwanted memories), enhanced agility, increased strength, and perhaps even uploaded collective consciousness.
For the sake of those misdiagnosed with having “attention-deficit disorder,” I will only focus on the most appealing of these enhanced characteristics. Happiness, for example, is a possible primary target to be radically enhanced. Since scientists believe the biological basis of our moods and emotions are well-established, they seem to think they have the ability to create much more happier people.
Along the same line, intelligence is a highly regarded target for enhancement. The movie Limitless, starring “that guy from The Hangover,” is very similar to what they have in mind. Pharmacology also suggests the possibility of “smart” pills, “happy” pills, life-extending pills, and even “morality/virtue” pills.
Before we go any further, for the next couple paragraphs let’s just pretend or forget that there is a malevolent agenda spearheaded by an evil group of wealthy, global elitists…
Without that, anyone can see how appealing all of this sounds, but would radically enhancing such human characteristics be for the betterment of humanity? Or perhaps, it would be rather foolish and immoral for such unnatural enhancements? Let’s start with the positive points that would be used to sell us on such radical ideas.
Throughout the history that we’ve been told, society has revolved around a paternalistic system of obedience which prohibited individual freedom. This drove the masses to disobey and rebel against such patriarchal tyranny. So, in favor of individual liberties, people should be allowed to modify their own bodies as they see fit, just as people have the freedom to get tattoos, surgical implants, facelifts, etc.
However, an even more appealing reason for targeted enhancement doesn’t pertain to liberty but to moral duty—for the betterment of society and humankind as a whole. Enhancing human intelligence and virtue, for example, offers a possibility of reducing, and perhaps even eliminating, extinction. It is also speculated that with “happiness” pills, there would be an increase of positivity. Based on some study that I cannot find, people who are happier and positive tend to be more social and gregarious.
Sounds great, right?
This is how such things would be presented to us, and those who lack the ability to think for themselves and analyze things without someone else telling them what to think, would be the first in line. Let’s help these people out…
Society on its own has evolved (somewhat) and grown-out of ancient prohibitions on individual freedom. If one wants to alter or modify their body, they already have the choice to do so. However, after such radical and enhanced surgeries or modifications, no study has shown these resulting in any long-term happiness—this is of course exempting life-saving enhancements, such as pacemakers or laser-eye surgery.
Humans already have a plethora of pills for increasing intelligence and happiness, but typically they seldom achieve any desired result, whether long or short-term. The ones that seem to work, on the other hand, are only temporary and ultimately do more harm mentally, physically, and emotionally; not to mention, illegal.
Happiness isn’t something that can be produced at will; it’s not meant to work like that, and for good reason. If one were to be happy all the time, never experiencing the vast array of other emotions, particularly the negative ones, how would one learn to cope and learn from life experiences? There wouldn’t be a healthy outlet to release such emotions if they were constantly masked with a false sense of happiness. You would be stuck in this state, robbing yourself of everything that would have brought you true happiness. As a result, all motivation to do anything would be lost.
If everyone were like this, how easy would it be for someone to control or manipulate us? That’s a frightening thought.
In regards to enhancing life expectancy from an averaged 78.5 years to a postulated hundreds, or even a thousand, years would indeed be incredible, but I don’t believe many people would make it that long. The phrase “Life is short,” meaning for one to make their life count or matter, would instantly go out the window. With this, I can see people becoming way more reckless and risk-taking than they already are today. I mean this in regards to shows such as Ridiculousness and Tosh.O, that portray the “YOLO”-antics of humanity at its lowest.
If you haven’t heard of these shows, then I applaud, as well as caution you to stay away. On a more serious note in the entertainment industry, there have been many movies and television shows (particularly Black Mirror on Netflix, which I highly recommend) that have shown the horrible consequences of these targeted characteristics being enhanced. Seldom is their a happy ending, and the main protagonist is usually left in a miserable state of regret and shame, while mentally unstable and even suicidal.
I’m well aware of the fact that these are works of fiction, meant to fit a particular narrative structure, but one cannot deny the underlying theme or message that they convey. They are cautionary tales told through a medium everyone can understand, warning us of the negative consequences of messing with the natural order of things. Anything we create, whether for good or bad, will have both a positive and negative effect on humanity. And from what we’ve seen with technology, the positive is always temporary and ultimately unfulfilling, never outweighing the negative effects.
Now, with all that in mind, add in the fact that all of this is being led by a wealthy, luciferian group of child abusing/killing, pedophilic, global elitists. Does radically enhancing targeted human characteristics still sound appealing?
(This is to be continued with a more scientific, evidenced-based (sourced) post on the nanotechnological aspects of Transhumanism, and how this movement came to be.)